An interdisciplinary tax colloquium funded by Social & Legal Studies and the Institute of Advanced Studies, to be held at the University of Birmingham.  Further details here.


Conference timetable

Wednesday 18 September

7:30pm             Contributors’ dinner, Astor Suite


Thursday 19 September

8:30am             Registration, Lecture Theatre 3, Birmingham Law School

9:00am              Session 1: The practice of taxation (Chair: Geoff Morse)

  • Ann Mumford, ‘Tax complexity, tax salience and tax politics
    Discussant: John Snape
  • Jane Frecknall-Hughes, ‘Towards a general theory of tax practice’
    Discussant: John Pearce
  • Hans Gribnau, ‘Tax planning: not by rules alone’

11:00am            Coffee

11:15am             Session 2: Tax reform (Chair: James Lee)

  • Rajiv Prabhakar, ‘The political complexity of wealth tax reform’
    Discussant: Karen Rowlingson
  • John Pearce, ‘Parliamentary procedure and the development of income tax legislation 1907-1965’
    Discussant: Dominic de Cogan
  • Judith Freedman, ‘Tax institutions’

1.15pm               Lunch

2.15pm               Session 3: A crisis of democracy? (Chair: David Salter)

  • Dominic de Cogan, ‘The troubling phenomenon of self-regulatory taxation’
    Discussant: Hans Gribnau
  • Wendy Bradley, ‘Tax prats and citizen stakeholders’
    Discussant: Sol Picciotto
  • Sol Picciotto, ‘Complexity, indeterminacy and technocracy in international tax law’

4.15pm              Final discussion

4.30pm             Conference close


Venue and directions

The colloquium dinner is being held in the Astor Suite in Staff House, building R24 on the attached map.  The conference is in Lecture Theatre 3 in Birmingham Law School, which is building R1.

University Station is located between Y16 and B1, and the convenient South Car Park is located near O1 at the bottom right of the map.  Further travel information is available here.



The University conference offices have informed me that they are now fully booked for 18 September 2013.  They recommend the  Strathallan Hotel.  The University is also easily accessible from Birmingham City Centre, and at the date of posting the Ramada  Encore and Lionel Street Hotel seem to have reasonably good rates.






All credit to Jonathan Laidlow of Birmingham Law School for his patient assistance with this website.